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CORNER LOCKDOWN: Week 1

Bold Predictions

Dak Prescott has more fantasy points than Cam Newton.

I know that Prescott is a rookie who hasn’t even taken an NFL snap yet, but I think he’s going to be special. I’m aware that preseason is much easier than the regular season as well, but I think Prescott chops up the Giants defense. He’s not going to explode for 30 fantasy points, but with his running ability, he should be able to crack 20 in the first start of his career. Cam will have his hands full on the road against one of the best defenses in the league so I expect around 16-18 from Newton. If you waited to draft a QB this year and have Prescott, start him with confidence!

Spencer Ware has at least 15 fantasy points in Week 1.

The Chiefs have announced that Jamaal Charles won’t play Week 1 so it’s Ware’s show. He proved last year that he could handle the load and was very solid as the goal line back. Kansas City incorporates the running back into the offense as much as any team in the league so Ware should get plenty of touches. He’s home and goes up against San Diego. There’s a lot to like about his chances of rushing for 100 yards and a score. Start him as your RB2.

 

Shark Sleepers

Christine Michael, RB, Seattle

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It sounds like starter Thomas Rawls isn’t fully healthy yet so Michael is going to get the start on Sunday. Rawls will be in the mix, but if you’re going to start one it should Michael. He had an unbelievable preseason and will get a chance to steal the job away from Rawls. Michael has always disappointed in the past, but running backs usually thrive in this offense so I’m taking a shot. He gets a great matchup against a weak Miami run defense so as long as he gets 15 carries, he should have a very nice day as a FLEX option.

Coby Fleener, TE, New Orleans

Fleener has a new team this season and couldn’t have gone to a better place for his position. Remember what Jimmy Graham did when he played in New Orleans? I’m not saying that Fleener will be the monster that Graham was, but he should easily put up better numbers with this offense than he did with the Colts. Fleener is the starting tight end and should average around five receptions a game. Brees has a big year and Fleener benefits from that. Look for five receptions, 65 yards and a score in his Saints debut.

 

Lock of the Week

Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay

Everyone has been buzzing about Winston and the progress he’s made in the offseason heading into his second year in the league. He has a greater command of the offense and is ready to be the true leader of this team. I think he takes a huge step forward and has a big game in Week 1 against a very beatable Atlanta defense. He has a solid run game with Doug Martin and two tall targets in Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. Winston owns the season opener throwing for 300 yards and 3 scores in what should be a good old fashioned shootout.

About Steve Rudy

Shark Staff Writer since 2008 hailing from Syracuse, NY. Die hard New York Jets fan.